Some Eastern Shore residents participate in nation-wide National Football League boycott

The Associated Press

"Americans are sick of the disrespectful National Anthem protests that the NFL has not only allowed to continue, but has institutionalized in pregame ceremonies".

Many veterans have come out in support of the protests started by Kaepernick by using the hashtag #VeteransForKaepernick, saying that they fought for people's rights and not for a song.

Rob Johnson, a co-owner of the New Jersey bar, told NJ.com that their anti-NFL event was inspired by a regular customer who served in Vietnam and felt disrespected by National Football League players taking a knee during the anthem. Their numbers grew after the president lashed out, criticizing protesters for disrespecting the flag, the country, and those who fought and died to defend it.

MacDonald, a veteran of the Air Force who serves on the board of directors for Veterans Assisting Veterans, a Lowell-based nonprofit organization, also joined Sunday with other veterans groups at the VFW Mottola Post in Revere for an event to boycott the NFL.

The owners say interest this year in NFL Sundays at the tavern is less than in the past, but game day remains one of the busiest days of the week at the restaurant. Additionally, various bars and pubs, such as Woody's Roadside Tavern in New Jersey and Halligan's Public House in NY, refused to show the league's games on their televisions over Veterans Day weekend.

Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett told NBC Sports the players did not want their protest to be construed as anti-military by sitting with Veterans Day on Saturday.

Following a statement from President Donald Trump calling for National Football League players to be fired for kneeling during the anthem, the issue of professional athletes and their right to exercise their First Amendment has taken on a new importance. On Sunday morning, the Atlanta Falcons announced over Twitter that they would be wearing the initials of fallen soldiers on their helmets.

The Jeannette VFW is also boycotting the Steelers game.

Stern freshman Ali Ashai said this decision by the players shows that they are not protesting the military, but instead the injustices occurring in the United States.

Tom Thompson, a longtime Salisbury resident said, "I think its un-American, you know, to protest in this manner". "I know some of the National Football League players are kneeling because they've been oppressed".

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